Somerset to be bowled over by digitisation of millions of historical records

Posted by Bryony Partridge on July 14, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, United Kingdom

A cricket legend, foreign secretary and Christmas card pioneer are among those you can find in our new Somerset collection which includes over seven million historical records containing centuries of details of Somerset residents. Digitised from original records held by the South West Heritage Trust, the collections hold details of births, deaths, marriages and school Read More

Generation Next

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 12, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, March-April 2007. When I ask members of the local scout troop if anybody has his Genealogy Merit Badge, I get groans and complaints. “Dude, that took so long” seems to be the general consensus. But when I ask what they found out, the tone changes. Riley learned how Read More

How to Find the Collections for Your Area

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 6, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

There’s something about browsing that can help spark inspiration for our research. It’s like when you walk through the stacks at your favorite library when you have a general idea of what you want, but nothing specific comes to mind. Suddenly, you see it – the book that makes you stop and say, “I need Read More

Italian Immigrant Sisters’ Descendants Celebrate Centennial Family Reunion

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on June 30, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

When Antonina, Rosa, and Diaga Bianco arrived in Brooklyn from Sicily, they likely didn’t have any idea that their descendants would be celebrating family reunions for 100 consecutive years. Yet on July 4, 2016, that’s exactly what the descendants of the three sisters will be doing. The families – Antonina and her husband Gaspar Bica, Rosa Read More

Victorian Prisoners in Gloucester Gaol, 1815-1879

Posted by Bryony Partridge on June 17, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, United Kingdom

Liz Jack, author of A Rogue’s Gallery: Victorian Prisoners in Gloucester Gaol, explores the youngest and oldest prisoners to be incarcerated at Gloucestershire Gaol. To explore the Gloucestershire Gaol Registers 1815-1879, head to Ancestry.co.uk. In Victorian times, there was no distinction between children and adults when it came to custodial sentences. Some children as young Read More

Civil Registrations: Search Nearly 3 Million Brand New German Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 3, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Ancestry has published more than 2.9 million new records German civil registrations, which include birth, marriage and death records for the three cities of Frankenberg, Karlsruhe and Mönchengladbach. Births, marriages, and deaths were first kept by religious denominations, but a civil registry modeled on the French system was implemented on 1 October 1874 in Prussian provinces, Read More

Storytelling Inspiration: 4 Questions with Maira Kalman

Posted by Maggie Mora on June 2, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

I first came across illustrator Maira Kalman’s work two years ago when I was gifted Girls Standing on Lawns. The book, a collection of found photos and original illustrations and vignettes, served as an introduction to her witty, unfettered, and insatiably curious world. Over the course of her career, Maira has written/illustrated 18 children’s books Read More